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Reshaping India in the New Global Context

Subhash C. Jain and Ben L. Kedia

This book traces the history of India’s progress since its independence in 1947 and advances strategies for continuing economic growth. Insiders and outsiders that have criticized India for slow economic growth fail to recognize all it has achieved in the last seven decades, including handling the migration of over 8 million people from Pakistan, integrating over 600 princely states into the union, managing a multi-language population into one nation and resolving the food problem. The end result is a democratic country with a strong institutional foundation. Following the growth strategies outlined in the book and with a strong leadership, India has the potential to stand out as the third largest economy in the world in the next 25 to 30 years.
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Chapter 2: India gains independence

Subhash C. Jain and Ben L. Kedia

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After independence, India had to promptly resolve three issues. First was the identity of the country, that is, what is India? Unlike other nations, India could not be identified by a religion or a language since its people belonged to different religions, spoke different languages and belonged to different castes. The leaders settled with the title Republic of India to encompass all people despite diversity. The second problem was the relocation of more than 8 million people who migrated from Pakistan. The third concern was the integration of more than 600 princely states into the Republic of India. Difficult as they were, all these challenges were successfully addressed and resolved.

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